Last Parade

This time of year is really difficult for me for a number of reasons and I have been having a hard time trying to stay positive. I have found myself on more than one occasion struggling to get out of bed. I think it’s partly due to my body still wanting to go into hibernation mode, a habit I got into while living through harsh Winnipeg winters. The island has been hit with multiple wind and rain storms as of late, which has prevented me from getting out on a hike in the times I needed to most. My yoga practice has been a saving grace in my solitude on these gloomy rainy days. My meditation practice has grown substantially as a result of needing that extra nudge to help me make it through another day. I am grateful to my friends that continue to keep my sense of humour alive and for all the inspiring conversations we’ve shared to countdown the days until the new year.

However, despite it all, I was able to cross something off my bucket list! Although, due to a storm that cancelled all ferry sailings and float plane flights off the island I almost didn’t make it over to Vancouver. While waiting almost 6 hours to find out if the last possible sailing would leave the island to make it to the event in time, I have to admit that I started to lose all hope that it would happen. My friend that I was travelling with, kept my spirits up with the belief that we would make it. We were advised about 40 minutes before the sailing that it was a go. We made it in time to check into our hotel and even have dinner before we got to see Conan O’Brien’s stand-up comedy tour. It has been a dream of mine to see him live for over 20 years!

It feels like time to let it go
It feels like time to break or show
It feels like time to cut your brakes
Shut your mouth, do something, anything
— Matthew Good